Coastal Resiliency

Rising sea level, erosion and increasingly powerful storms are threatening Montauk’s coastline and built infrastructure. Our community must come together to protect ecological and economic resources. CCOM lead the effort for the creation of a Coastal Assessment and Resiliency Plan (CARP) which:

  • Expedites public funding for environmentally responsible climate adaptation planning
  • Creates a plan that preserves Montauk’s natural coastline, developed areas and infrastructure
  • Protects our community and environment by preserving our natural resources

CCOM’s Objectives

  • Continue advocacy and partnering with East Hampton Town, other environmental organizations, businesses and the community to ensure public input to CARP 2020 planning.
  • Encourage EH Town to pursue external funding opportunities and/or budget allocations for CARP development and project implementation.
  • Continue participation in the EH Town CARP Committee to enable community recommendations for long range planning for Montauk and EH Town.
  • Participation in the EH Town Montauk Beach Preservation Committee to inform community recommendations for long range coastal planning in Montauk.

Get Educated

What is FIMP?

The Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE),“Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study (FIMP)” is to identify, evaluate and recommend long-term solutions for hurricane and storm damage reduction within the floodplain extending along 83-miles of ocean and bay shorelines from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Environmental Conservation are the agencies developing this study. To ensure objectivity and high standards, these studies are also being independently reviewed.

FIMP currently proposes pumping 450,000 cubic yards of ocean dredged sand on 6,000 feet of Montauk’s downtown beach. Implementation in Montauk was set to begin in 2021.

Unfortunately, ACOE recently has proposed pushing back FIMP implementation in Montauk for 2 years. CCOM believes that the ACOE should deliver what they promised when they promised it. Without the sand, which is part of a long-term comprehensive plan to protect the downtown area, Montauk remains extremely vulnerable. Therefore we are encouraging our supporters to sign our petition requesting that the a COE ensure that our beaches are replenished in 2021 to protect our community and environment from the impacts of climate change. Click here to sign the petition.

What is CARP?

East Hampton Town will prepare and implement a Coastal Assessment and Resiliency Plan (CARP) building on the long-term comprehensive planning work previously conducted by the East Hampton Town LWRP.

The plan will outline strategies for dealing with:

  • Coastal storms
  • Erosion, sea level rise and protecting beaches
  • Significant habitats
  • Natural features
  • Built environment

Protection strategies to be examined and evaluated include:

  • Natural resource restoration
  • Land acquisition
  • Flood-proofing structures including sanitary systems, power substations, railroad & airport infrastructure
  • Elevating or relocating buildings
  • Buyouts of threatened properties
  • Coastal reefs

In addition to the mitigation strategies enumerated above, tools will be developed to adapt to sea level rise and increased winds and storm surge from coastal storms. Such tools will include:

  • Changes to zoning
  • Regulations
  • Subdivision code standards
  • Architectural and design guidelines
  • Building code modifications
  • Creation of special assessment and erosion districts as a means of increasing resiliency over time.

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